Faulty fax, mistaken as threat, prompts evacuation of stores
By John C. Drake, Globe Staff
ASHLAND -- In a scene reminiscent of the Cartoon Network bomb scare that paralyzed the Boston area in January, police shut down a strip mall yesterday in this small western suburb after employees at a Bank of America branch mistook a botched fax for a bomb threat.
Frustrated shop owners said the branch overreacted to the strange fax, which turned out to be an in-house marketing document sent by the bank's corporate office.
"The women at the bank should have handled it a little better," said Nick Markos, owner of Townhouse Pizza and Roast Beef, who estimated that he had lost $1,000 to $1,200 because of the lunch-hour evacuation. "She blew it all out of proportion, and all of us business owners had to pay for it."
Remember, in Panic Culture, stupidity always wins.
Eventually 4GW outfits will incorporate this in to their Standard Operating Procedures, throwing in enough real attacks to keep everyone off balance. Expect even more overreactions like this if social mood, and thus the economy, enters a downtrend.
And, just curious, what is it about Boston and this sort of thing? First there was the Cartoon Network "bomb" scare, now this. Is the Boston Globe and local TV especially aggressive in promoting Panic Culture?